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New Principal For Sailing Charity


It’s all change at Dart Sailability as Stephen Oakey is appointed Principal for the not for-profit sailing organisation, located at Noss on Dart Marina.
Stephen, who is disabled himself and well-known in the community for his work as assistant Harbour Master on the River Dart, is taking over from Andrew Cushen; a fellow skipper who has stepped down to take on the position of Chief Powerboat Instructor, replacing Richard Fellender who has retired.

A principal charity that encourages anyone with a disability to enjoy the sport of sailing on the River Dart by offering the use of specially adapted one- and two-seater sailing dinghies, with supporting safety and rescue craft.

Stephen Oakey explains the charity’s goal for the coming season: “When I retired from the Royal Navy I became an offshore yacht master and worked at Britannia Royal Naval College. I saw Dart Sailability across the water at Noss and thought what a wonderful thing to do. I never expected to be part of it. Our aim is to introduce as many members, able-bodied and disabled, to the challenge and excitement of yacht racing in a relaxed and supportive environment and for those who are not hooked on adrenalin, we also take gentle cruises in our specially adapted powerboats to look at wildlife or learn about the history of the river.”

Stephen will be assisted in the role by Steve Watkin, who has been a volunteer with the charity for two years. For more information on the charity visit their website or follow them on Facebook.